27 Feb 2015

Solomons again to consider foreign Attorney General

1:48 pm on 27 February 2015

The Solomon Islands government is searching both locally and abroad for a new attorney general, to replace Billy Titulu, whose contract expires at the end of March.

Solomon Islands Attorney General Julian Moti wanted by Australia in 2006 on sex charges

Solomon Islands Attorney General Julian Moti (far right) in Australia. Photo: AFP

The government has advertised on the prime minister's website and says it will consider overseas candidates.

In 2006 the Solomons government, then also under the prime ministership of Manasseh Sogavare, appointed Australian national and academic, Julian Moti, as attorney general.

The appointment sparked widespread criticism and sparked a major rift with Australia which brought sex crime charges against Mr Moti and had him deported.

But the legal action failed and last year the then Solomons government reached an agreement with Mr Moti to pay him for wrongful deportation to Australia and the premature termination of his contract.